Former Hogle Zoo polar bear dies in New York

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SALT LAKE CITY, Utah (News4Utah) – A zoo in Rochester, New York is celebrating the life of a 28-year-old female polar bear named Aurora.

Seneca Park Zoo announced Aurora died earlier this week.

Aurora was born at Utah’s Hogle Zoo in 1989 and arrived at Seneca Park Zoo in 1991.

“The loss of such a beloved animal is difficult for the entire zoo family,” said Seneca Park Zoo Director Larry Sorel.

Aurora had a deteriorating liver and a compromised gall bladder.

Aurora exceeded the median life expectancy of about 24 years in human care. During her time at Seneca Park Zoo, Aurora gave birth to four offspring: Anoki, Sila, Haley and Qilak.

The zoo says you can honor Aurora’s memory and help other polar bears by donating to

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